Caterpillar is introducing the Cat Integrated Object Detection System, designed to enhance minesite safety. The system was developed after extensive research by Caterpillar showed that 70% of accidents at mine sites occur during initial machine startup and movement. The system has been purpose-built to integrate with Cat large mining trucks—models 785, 789, 793 and 797—and is intended to aid an operator when starting to move a truck and during low speed manoeuvring. It combines cameras, radar, and alarms to notify the operator when an object is close to the machine but not in the operator’s field of vision. A display screen in the cab provides visual confirmation of the objects detected by radar, which enables the operator to make informed decisions when moving a mining machine. The system is integrated with VIMS and other on-board computers, enabling it to switch into camera-only mode when the machine travels beyond 20 meters. Using a combination of short range radars, medium range radars and four cameras, the system monitors and shows the operator the areas immediately around the truck. The radar information is processed by a new on-board touch screen display, which alerts the operator with a visual indication followed by an audible alarm if the truck is put into gear. The cameras enable the operator to identify what the radars detect.
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